The Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Antwerp are jointly seeking to fill the full-time (100%) vacancy for a Doctoral Grant in the area of large-scale molecular data mining.
The University of Antwerp is a knowledge centre with more than 4000 co-workers.
The Advanced Database Research and Modelling (ADReM) group, part of the Department of Mathematics and Computational Science, and the Biomedical Informatics Research Center Antwerp (Biomina) at the University of Antwerp aim to remove important limitations in the interpretation of big molecular data with cutting-edge data mining technologies. They focus on big data analyses, and have extensive expertise in life science data mining and management, bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, molecular networks and computational systems biology.
The Centre of Whole Genome Sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a FWO-funded collaboration between the University of Antwerp, Belgium (the Global Health Institute (GHI), department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine (ESOC), and VAXINFECTIO) and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa (DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical Tuberculosis Research and the South African Tuberculosis Bioinformatics Initiative (SATBBI). The Centre is actively generating and analysing large quantities of molecular data for Mycobacterium tuberculosis such as genome, transcriptome, methylome and proteome data.
Prof Annelies Van Rie (Centre of Whole Genome Sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis), and Prof Kris Laukens (ADReM and Biomina) at the University of Antwerp, are looking to further expand their groups with a PhD candidate that has an interest in applying cutting-edge data science approaches to the study of large-scale molecular data from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The goal is to perform highly multidisciplinary translational research with the ultimate ambition to improve the management and treatment of tuberculosis patients.
- You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of large-scale molecular data mining.
- You perform research within the context of a multidisciplinary, international team of young investigators, mentored by 2 senior investigators (Prof. A. Van Rie and Prof. K. Laukens) in Antwerp and 2 senior investigators in South Africa (Prof R. Warren and Prof. G. Tromp)
- You collaborate closely with an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, clinicians, microbiologists, system biologists, epidemiologists, and bioinformaticians.
- You perform high quality research that results in the publication of scientific articles related to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis research project in high impact peer reviewed journals.
- Your main employment is in Antwerp, Belgium, complemented with stays (of variable duration depending of the requirements of the specific research project) in Cape Town, South Africa.
- You develop new ideas and help with the writing of grant proposals to assist in the long term goals of the Centre for Whole Genome Sequencing of MTB and attract external research funding from the private and public sector in the domain of basic and applied tuberculosis genome research on national as well as international level.
Profile and requirements
- You hold (or will hold by July 2017) a master degree in computer science, mathematics, (bio)statistics, bioinformatics or a related discipline;
- You have strong programming, data analysis and computational skills: data mining, machine learning, univariate/multivariate/bayesian statistics, ….
- You are interested in complex life science challenges. Knowledge of molecular biology or bioinformatics is useful but not necessary. Further training will be provided where required.
- You are enthusiastic about multi-disciplinary collaborations and eager to think outside the box.
- You have an outstanding academic record.
- Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
- You combine strong interest in scientific work, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong sense of initiative and responsibility, flexible, autonomous and collaborative capacities and multidisciplinary interest.
- Excellent knowledge of English, both oral and written.
- Gender equality will be promoted.
- Residents of Belgium and South Africa are especially encouraged to apply.
- a full-time position starting preferably on September 1, 2017;
- salary according to university standard remuneration rates, depending on academic qualifications and former professional experience;
- a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment;
- a stimulating international collaborative network.
How to apply?
- Application deadline: May 15, 2017.
- To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, academic transcript record, two letters of recommendation and a cover letter highlighting your motivation, relevant knowledge, experience, and your future goals to email@example.com
- More information can be obtained from Prof Annelies Van Rie (Annelies.VanRie@uantwerpen.be) and Prof Kris Laukens (Kris.Laukens@uantwerpen.be)